Seven Poet Trees

Mayow Park 10 November 2022


Verse 1. THE OAK

Ackroyd & Harvey and Zena Edwards

Night falls in Mayow Park. A tree hovers above a pit.

“Powerful performance and poetry welcome this twenty-year old field grown oak to join a community of magnificent trees in Lewisham’s oldest municipal park.”

This pilot project was Ackroyd & Harvey and Zena Edwards first artistic collaboration and explored the potential of local creative initiatives to make climate issues more accessible and facilitate real environmental improvements.

Three poets joined with three groups of young people to explore the symbiotic relationship between people and trees. Through workshops, the participants created poems and spoken word pieces to give voice to their poetic imaginings f the connection between human beings, trees and the people who live in the intensity of an urban environment like London.

Radicle the primary root to appear when a seed germinates

Radical Going to the root or origin; far-reaching change or action

Action For Refugees In Lewisham
Forest Hill School
Young Lewisham Project

LiLi K. Bright
Mark ‘Mr T’ ThompsonArji Manuelpillai
Arji Manuelpillai

Sound composition: Isa Suarez

Project coordinator: Shabnam Shabazi

Production manager: Steve Wald

Lewisham declared a climate emergency in 2019.

Thanks to Friends of Mayow Park.

Supported by
London Borough of Culture 2022

Arts Council of England